Census 2020 completed its final push to ensure every citizen gets counted. Manhattanites who moved during New York City’s April shutdown who have not yet completed the census risk New York state to receive less federal aid for the next 10 years.
This borough has the lowest response rate for the completion of the census. Although the national average for completing the census questionnaire is about 66 percent, as of September 15th, New York City has just a little over 59 percent response rate. To raise the response rate, Children’s Aid, an organization that serves low-income communities received two grants totaling $47,000, one from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the second from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., to spread the word at food pantries to urge the Manhattan and The Bronx communities to complete the census before the filing deadline of September 30th.
The Office of the Mayor partnered with Census 2020 to launch the NYC Counts Contest, which incentivizes residents to complete the census and enter a raffle drawing for lucrative prizes, which includes $1,000 gift cards for Seamless, gift cards for Lyft, Citi Bike memberships, and annual memberships to the Museum of Modern Art. New Yorkers must take a photo of their census and upload it to the website in order to enter the contest. The deadline to apply to the contest is September 21st.
Federal law requires all people living in the United States to fill out the census every 10 years. This is how federal programs track what communities to allocate funding to support new improvements such as hospitals and schools. The results of the census also determine how congressional and state districts will be redrawn and how many seats states will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Residents may complete the questionnaire via the paper questionnaire, which was mailed to each citizen’s usual home address, over the telephone, online, or with census workers, who visit households with zero completion rates, which they then record respondents’ answers into their census phone app. Residents are encouraged to use their usual home address at the time of Census Date, which is April 1, 2020.
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